When it comes to audio equipment, Pro-Ject is up there with some of the finest names in terms of quality. To keep things fresh and contemporary, the high-end audio brand has unveiled its new X8 Evolution Turntable.
The X8 turntable is a true high-end solution with major technical features adapted from the Xtension 9 and 10. The precision-balanced platter is machined out of a single piece of aluminium and damped with a TPE (Thermo Plastic Elastomer) insert. The platter rotates on an inverted bearing with a ceramic ball and PTFE thrust pad. To decrease the load on the bearing, an opposing neodymium magnet repels the platter from the plinth and bearing, ensuring smooth and quiet operation for decades to come.
The massive MDF chassis is supported by custom feet which are CNC machined out of aluminium and are fully height-adjustable. They utilize TPE damping technology, very effectively decoupling the X8 from the surface it is placed on.
The combination of mass and damping provide a very stable system, isolating the stylus from both airborne and structural vibrations, without being finicky to set up and remains stable and properly aligned over time.
The 9cc EVO carbon tonearm utilizes inverted cardanic tonearm bearings, and has four stainless steel tips mounted in ABEC 7 quality ball bearings mounted in a C-shaped section to minimize resonances. The low mass one-piece carbon fibre tonearm tube is crafted in a conical shape to minimize standing wave vibrations. The tonearm wire loom is one piece, from the cartridge to the 5pin DIN output, designed to allow either single-ended or True Balanced phono connection.
The X8 Evolution turntable is listed at around $2,499.00 and you can purchase HERE.